Robert Sydney Needham Memorial Scholarship

The Robert Sydney Needham Memorial Scholarship was established in 2010 through an annual grant from the Robert Sydney Needham Foundation.  The scholarship is awarded to a full-time, currently enrolled, sophomore, junior, or senior student who is actively involved in community service and demonstrates great financial need.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must meet the following:

  • Academic Level: Undergraduate with a minimum of 31 completed credits
  • Enrollment Status: Enrolled
  • Type of degree/certificate: Any undergraduate degree or certificate
  • Other Criteria:
    • Applicant must be a graduate of a New Jersey high school, but does not have to be living in New Jersey.
    • Having earned a GED does not qualify for this scholarship.
    • Applicant must be actively involved in community service and show great financial need. These requirements are to be described in the essay submitted as part of the scholarship application. Financial need will be based on the applicant's Pell Grant eligibility as documented on the applicant's FAFSA and as described in the application essay.

For more information on determining whether you are eligible for this scholarship, contact the University Scholarship Committee at

Award Criteria: To be considered for an award, the student must meet the following:

  • Meet all eligibility criteria described on the respective scholarship's webpage.
  • Submit a completed Thomas Edison State University Scholarship Application during the application period.
  • Have applied for federal and State (NJ residents only) financial aid through the FAFSA and the Thomas Edison State University Financial Aid Application.
  • Submit any required supplemental documentation before the end of the application period.
  • Students enrolled with the University at the time of scholarship application must have:
    • Completed a minimum of 12 Thomas Edison State University credits, with at least six hours being from Online or Guided Study courses.
    • A minimum Thomas Edison State University GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
    • Successfully completed a minimum of 66 percent of courses attempted at Thomas Edison State University. Incompletes, withdrawals, and failed classes do not count as completed credits.

Supplemental Documentation Required

  • Submit a copy of the applicant's New Jersey high school diploma
  • Submit supplemental documentation by email (preferred), fax, or mail to:

    Fax: (609) 633-6489

    Office of Financial Aid
    Thomas Edison State University
    111 West State Street
    Trenton, NJ 08608

Apply for Scholarships

The scholarship application period is closed.

Scholarship questions? Email the Scholarship Committee.